Your water heater ensures that you have hot water whenever you turn on the faucet or start filling up your bathtub. Could you imagine what would happen to your daily shower if your water heater unexpectedly stopped working? Instead of suffering through a freezing cold shower, consider the following 4 signs that can alert you to the need of a water heater replacement:
How old is your water heater? The average water heater has a life expectancy of 8-12 years. Of course, the actual amount of time that your water heater will last depends on the weather, the design, the quality of installation, and the amount of maintenance. If your water heater is getting older, it might be time to replace it for a new and improved model.
Check the base of your water heater. If there are leaks coming out of the water heater, there may be problems that require serious attention. More likely than not, you’ll need to replace your water heater to ensure that it won’t leak and cause further problems for your home and possessions.
Have you had a lot of problems with your water heater? Does it only work every now and again? If your water heater is acting erratically, it’s telling you that it’s on its way out. It would be a good idea to have it checked to make sure that it can’t be repaired first, though. If you’ve been repairing it on a regular basis, you should probably just replace it.
One of the biggest signs that it’s time for a new water heater is that it doesn’t work. First, make sure that it’s not caused by something that could be an easy fix, such as a blown fuse, tripped breaker, a faulty thermostat, or even a defective heating element. If you walk through each one of these things and the water heater still isn’t working, it probably gave up the ghost and it’s time to move on to a new one.
If you’ve decided that it’s time for a heating replacement, there are a few things that you should take into consideration: the gallon capacity, recovery rate, space that it occupies, and the energy efficiency ratings. When you hire Cool Air Mechanical, one of our technicians can come to your home to measure the space, evaluate your old water heater, and help you determine what the right replacement would be for your home. We can even order it for you and help you install it so you can continue to enjoy your hot water whenever you need it.